As an extension of our holiday theme, we read Gingerbread Man by Karen Schmidt. We extended the story with questions to foster the children’s narrative skills. Additionally, we followed up with decorating gingerbread cookies. Cooking activities can be very messy. However, we have found that the educational benefits outweigh the mess. Sensory learning is best for young children. Cooking and related activities allow opportunities for the children to make use of their five senses: sight, smell, hearing, taste, and touch.   The children had fun seeing, touching, exploring, creating, and tasting. The process allows for exploration, creativity, discovery, and excellent fine motor skill development. Creating memorable learning! Do you have a favorite holiday activity? Please share!